If waking up at stupid o’clock in the morning everyday taught me anything, it is that being a adult is not easy. You can no longer skip through your days putting in the bare minimum and letting other people take care of your own responsibilities like you were when you were a child, or get rewarded for doing the small things. With all this pressure, it can be very easy to go into overdrive and burnout. Things like headaches, breakouts and general impatience and short temperateness can all be symptoms of stress. So chances are, if you often find at the end of a long day you have a niggling headache and you are annoyed with everyone you come across, it could be that you are suffering from stress.
But not only more, with these 5 tips that have worked for me myself, I really hope you find peace and contentment in the workplace from now on 🙂
- Get that crucial work life balance.
This is probably the most important point, without it none of the other points would be of any use. When there is no line between work and outside of work; it all just blurs together, you don’t give your mind and body time for a break and rest from the stresses that working brings. Examples of blurring the lines is perhaps not taking a proper lunch break away from your desk (or wherever you mainly work), taking too much work home or sacrificing your free time. When you blur the lines, you are carrying around the annoyances, duties and pressures that you are meant to leave at work. As a result, when you are supposed to be having that down time, it is a lot harder to relax and you may just end up burning out as a result.
Establish those lines and you and your body will know when it’s time to get down to work and when to sit down and have some good quality down time and there won’t be any trouble trying to get that balance right.
2. Know your limits.
In terms to working, it can be very easy to get roped in into doing extra hours just to get the job done so you are not doing it at home or to make senior staff happy. However, in terms of your health and mental sanity, this could be very dangerous. It upsets the work life balance and will probably leave you frustrated and impatient, rushing to get everything done at work. At this point you need to use your personal judgement and what you would think is best for you and your own mental health.
Personally, I am a strong believer in not over doing it. Follow your gut, if it feels like too much and you’re overwhelmed, then put your health and sanity first. You should never feel as though you are locked in and you cannot escape. Know how far you can go and if it doesn’t feel right, give yourself a break.
3. Find outside interests.
One of the biggest things that can contribute to feeling peaceful and happy while working is having outside things seperate from work that you can focus on. Everyone needs a space to let their hair down; whether it is something active, a place to connect with others or somewhere where they can let it all go, everyone needs a outlet. Again, this is a part of having a work life balance. Without having a safe space you can go away from work, lines are blurred and you don’t get your own personal life away from it all.
By having your own safe hobby that has nothing to do with work, it will give you something to look forward to when you leave work. It serves as a reminder that there is a life to live outside of your 9 to 5.
4. Look to the future.
If there is one thing that I have learnt in the past recent months it is this: nothing lasts forever, no feeling or position that you’re in lasts forever. This can apply to the good awesome times that you have or the terrible stressful times. Whenever you are at your optimum stress levels remember this so even when you’re there stressed out of your mind at work, know that it won’t last forever.
If this is a career you enjoy but you’re just having a bad time at any given moment, look to tomorrow or next week to start anew and remember why you are doing what you are doing. If you do not like what you are doing, look at where you would want to be in the next coming year and take the steps to get there. There’s always a way out and a alternative, let feeling stressed be a temporary feeling, not a permanent reality.
So, I really hope that you enjoyed this post and I hope you apply it to your day to day life in the workplace. Please let me know if these tips worked for you and stay healthy and happy 🙂
Peace and love ❤ xx